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Ethnic Expressions

It’s March 1st and Friday, so you know what that means: First Friday in downtown South Bend. The theme tonight is “Ethnic Expressions.” From Latin flair at Chicory Cafe to Irish folktales by the fireplace at Fiddler’s Hearth and Flamenco dance demonstrations at The Music Village, you will find diverse culture all around you. As usual, there is much to do downtown. I recommend you check out DTSB’s website for more info, grab the fam and head on out. By the way, be sure to check out the marquee at The State tonight. Then let me know what you learned.


March 1, 2013 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

O Christmas Tree

One of our family traditions is to hunt for the perfect tree. During our hunt, we seem to check out every tree in the field. Even those that are too tall or too small still get a once over from us. This year, we even found our 2015 Christmas tree (as long as no one chops it down before it reaches its perfect height). During the hunt, we begin mostly with glances. Then we get serious and begin to study the tree. Is the shape uniform? Is the trunk straight? Is it the right variety (we like fir trees)? Will it fit our space? Is it the most beautiful one we can find? After traipsing through the field, it seems we always come back to one of the first trees we spotted. It seems as if there is something magical in those first trees. An attraction that can’t be beat.

Even if you’re not the Christmas tree type or you’ve always had an artificial tree, you’ve probably experienced something like this in your life. For you married gals, it could have been the hunt to find the perfect wedding dress. You may have purchased one of the first ones that you tried on, but you still had to try on a few (hundred) more just to be sure. For you guys, maybe it’s the hunt to find the perfect ring for your gal (No? Well insert your own masculine anecdote here). I know for me, it was the first wedding dress that I tried on that won my heart. I’m telling you, there’s something magical in those firsts.

For those of you that still need to get a Christmas tree, consider venturing down Orange Road to Southern Plantation. It’s a great family tree farm. You are greeted right away, with candy canes for all. There is complimentary cocoa and cider when you’ve completed your hunt. The prices are reasonable ($25 or $40). This is definitely a SHOP LOCAL experience! Put 63727 Orange Road into your GPS and head on over. Make this a new first for your family. Happy hunting!


December 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

As you know, he’s making a list and checking it twice. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the festivities downtown South Bend this weekend (plus, there’s still time to make it onto Santa’s good list). Be in front of the Morris by 5:30pm on Friday (12/7) to witness Santa’s splendid arrival and the annual tree lighting ceremony. Free cookies and hot chocolate make this event extra festive!

Afterwards, wander around downtown and check out some of the holiday pop-up shops (Brew Werks is in front of State Theatre – be sure to pop in). Don’t miss Santa’s Gingerbread Village as well as the sleigh rides. There is also a tree and wreath sale that benefits NNN (Near Northwest Neighborhood). Santa’s Workshop has been set up inside the College Football Hall of Fame. Fun, fun!

The festivities continue on Saturday with Breakfast with Santa at Fiddler’s Hearth and South Bend Civic Theatre‘s play A Laura Ingall’s Wilder Christmas. With so much to do and see, there is something for everyone. Grab a friend, neighbor, family and enjoy all that your downtown has to offer! I’ve mentioned just a small bit of what’s happening downtown, so be sure to check out the special website that lists all the fun:

December 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm Leave a comment

Who Doesn’t Love a Treasure Hunt?

What comes to mind when you think “treasure hunt?” Are you whisked back to your childhood and those fun treasure hunts at special parties? Or perhaps recall a team building activity at work? Or are you a modern treasure hunter that uses geocaching?

Whatever comes to mind, we can all agree that a treasure hunt is an adventure. And who doesn’t love an adventure? Well, be prepared to enjoy a local adventure with the Shop Local Treasure Hunt on November 24, 2012.

You’ve heard me talk about the benefits of shopping, dining, supporting local businesses and services. You know that more money stays in our area when we do that. So, some smart people (spearheaded by Willow Wetherall and working in collaboration with other organizers and DTSB) have decided to combine the shop local theme with a treasure hunt.

Brilliant, right? I know!  I just LOVE ideas that highlight the awesomeness that is South Bend with new and innovative ways to experience them. So let’s show our support of local businesses (as well as these hardworking volunteers) by taking our feet to the streets next Saturday. If you can’t be there physically, plan to engage online. Let’s keep cool ideas coming!

For more about this new event, you can check out their Facebook page: (If this link doesn’t work, when on Facebook, search for Shop Local Treasure Hunt)

November 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

Kids’ Night Out is Downtown on Friday

It’s November, so you know what that means: First Fridays in Downtown South Bend. There are so many activities for the family, from music and dance classes at The Music Village to bookmark making at Idle Hours Bookshop to geocaching to free kids’ hot chocolate at Main Street Coffee House to hay rides (small fee) to free trolley rides. And that’s just to name a few things. There’s also entertainment and special dining promotions and other activites. It’ll be a great night to hang out downtown. Make plans now and bring your neighbors! Get more info at DTSB’s website:

November 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm Leave a comment

Arts Cafe

It is time for Near Northwest Neighborhood’s 10th Annual Arts Cafe on Sunday, November 4th from 10am to 5pm. NNN plans this event as an opportunity for the public to see newly renovated homes as well as show-off the neighborhood (and, hopefully, convince you to move in). Having seen one of those renovated homes, I can say firsthand that NNN knows what they are doing. So where do you go? You will find welcome tents at California & Cottage Grove and at the south end of route on Lindsey & Cottage Grove. This event is free and open to public. Local artists, displaying water colors, textile arts or playing music, will fill the homes. You can even enjoy food at the food tent (this is the only part that is not complimentary). Grab a friend and enjoy the day in the Near Northwest Neighborhood. For more info, check out NNN’s webiste:

October 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

Much Ado About Something

This weekend is full of activities that help great causes. Here are a few ways to consider getting involved:

I’m sure there are additional events happening. Share your favorites here!

September 14, 2012 at 8:48 am Leave a comment

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